A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
If viewers walk away from Black Love with one message in mind, it will likely be that relationships take hard work, but are worth it. Character strengths such as honesty, teamwork, and perseverance are touched on frequently. The couples featured strongly value one another and their relationships.
Positive Role Models
Lots of successful people are highlighted here -- both famous and not -- and many who have overcome tough situations and emerged stronger. Viewers see black couples communicating, being silly, getting deep, and being affectionate, an unfortunate rarity in the media landscape as a whole.
Black Love is full of strong and intelligent people from various walks of life. The show has been critiqued for not featuring enough same-sex relationships, which is true; the vast majority of subjects are heterosexual, cis-presenting couples. Widening the net here would go a long way in creating a more inclusive vibe and a fuller picture of the Black experience.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's innuendo at times, and couples talk about things like keeping a relationship "spicy" and finding time to be together after kids come into the picture, but nothing gets too graphic. There's an episode where one of the husbands talks about his past addiction to visiting strip clubs, which comes up during a discussion about handling how money is spent as a married couple.
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The occasional "damn" or "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Subjects open up about issues with sobriety, there are mentions of drugs and alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Black Love is a series about Black couples sharing their love stories. The language used here doesn't get worse than the occasional "hell" or "damn", but as these are adult couples in romantic relationships, they discuss their sex lives and various related issues. There are references to drug and alcohol use and abuse. Things can get heavy when couples discuss hard times marred by infant loss, illness, and death.
Is It Any Good?
As this is currently the only non-scripted TV show centered specifically on the Black romantic experience on the air, this is definitely a one-of-a-kind program. Sure, certain reality shows might prominently feature black couples, but those tend to focus on manufacturing salacious dramas and creating clickbait, whereas Black Love offers an intimate, nuanced look at relationships and a casual format that feels like you're talking to your new best friends.
No matter your own relationship status, it's easy to get sucked into these wide-ranging conversations as the couples explore how their love stories came about and the work they've put in to keep them going. It's not all pie-in-the-sky mushy talk, either -- these couples dig deep and cover tough subjects like dealing with infertility and miscarriage and healing from childhood trauma in order to be the best partner they can be. It's quite a thing to see this kind of representation on the air at last, and the only thing that would make it better is if the creators expand their worldview a bit (which they're reportedly working on) to include more same-sex and nontraditional couples in the mix. As Black Love shows us, no two couples are the same, so the more points of view that are represented, the merrier.
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